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North Flushing Rezoning - Approved!
Overview | Existing Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Public Review

  Update April 22, 2009:
On April 22, 2009, the City Council adopted North Flushing Rezoning. The zoning changes are now in effect.

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The Department of City Planning proposes zoning changes for all or portions of 257 blocks in the northeastern Queens neighborhood of North Flushing, Community Districts 7 and 11.  The rezoning area is generally bounded by Union Street to the west; the Clearview Expressway and Francis Lewis Boulevard to the east; 25th Avenue to the north, and Northern Boulevard and Depot Road to the south.

The North Flushing Rezoning was undertaken by the Department of City Planning in response to requests from local council members, Community Boards 7 and 11 and local civic associations.  The rezoning builds upon previous lower-density and contextual rezonings in the adjacent neighborhoods of East Flushing, Whitestone and Bayside adopted by City Council in 2005.  Additionally, thirty-four blocks in Auburndale, generally bounded by the Clearview Expressway, 26th Avenue, Francis Lewis Boulevard and 34th Avenue were rezoned with changes adopted by the City Council in 1995. 

Over the last several years, the neighborhoods that make up the North Flushing Rezoning area: North Flushing, Broadway-Flushing, Auburndale and Bayside have been experiencing development pressure largely due to outdated zoning which generally has remained unchanged since 1961 when the current Zoning Resolution was adopted.  The area’s R3-2, R4, R5 and R6 zoning districts allow a variety of housing types and densities that are inconsistent with the prevailing scale and built character of the North Flushing Rezoning area.  In areas zoned for single-family detached residences, large new homes have been constructed that are out-of-scale with the surrounding context. 

The proposed zoning would change existing zoning designations using newer lower density and contextual zoning districts to more closely reflect the predominate low scale, one- and two- family residential character of the neighborhood and ensure that future development is more consistent with the existing built form.

The proposal consists of three principal components:

Lower Density / Contextual Zoning Changes: Protect neighborhood character and reinforce established building scale by replacing existing zoning on 257 blocks (R1-2, R2, R3-2, R4, R4-1, R5 and R6) with lower density or contextual zoning districts where appropriate (R2A, R2, R3X, R3-1, R3-2, R4, R4A, R4-1, R4B, R5B and R5D).

Citywide Text Change: Modify ZR Section 11-12 to establish a citywide R1-2A district which can be mapped in appropriate residentially developed areas.  The proposed R1-2A district will provide firmer regulations to curb over-scaled single-family homes within 24 blocks of the Broadway-Flushing section of the rezoning area.

Commercial Overlay Changes: Replace existing C1-2 commercial overlay zones with C1-3 zones and remove or reduce the depths of commercial overlay zones from 150 feet to 100 feet to prevent commercial intrusion onto residential blocks and better reflect the location of existing commercial uses.

Overview | Existing Zoning | Proposed Zoning | Public Review

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